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'saddened and shocked' Ex-Big Brother star Brian Dowling posts touching tribute to tragic Nikki Grahame

The reality star passed away on Friday at the age of 38 following a long battle with anorexia

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Reality TV star Nikki Grahame, with her dogs Baby and Thumbelina. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Reality TV star Nikki Grahame, with her dogs Baby and Thumbelina. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Reality TV star Nikki Grahame, with her dogs Baby and Thumbelina. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Brian Dowling has paid tribute to fellow Big Brother alum Nikki Grahame after her tragic death.

The reality star passed away on Friday at the age of 38 following a long battle with anorexia.

She shot to fame on the seventh series of Big Brother and became infamous for her on-screen tantrums.

Brian, who appeared on Ultimate Big Brother alongside Nikki in 2010, has taken to Instagram to post a touching tribute to his “beautiful” co-star.

He wrote: “Saddened & shocked to hear about the passing of the beautiful Nikki Grahame. Was recording last night when I found out. The show I was recording was right beside the Big Brother House.

“I have the BEST memories of being here with Nikki when we were both on Ultimate Big Brother. We were the FINAL 2 & to share that moment with her will ALWAYS BE SO SPECIAL.

“To me Nikki is Big Brother. My thoughts & prayers are now with Nikki & her family during this time. #icon,” he continued.

Nikki’s close friend Leon Dee confirmed the news of her passing on a GoFundMe set up to help with the Big Brother star’s hospital stay.

She said: “It is with great sadness, we have to let you know that our dear friend Nikki passed away in the early hours of Friday 9th April.

“It breaks our hearts to know that someone who is so precious was taken from us at such a young age. Nikki not only touched the lives of millions of people, but also her friends and family who will miss her immensely.

“We would like to request privacy at this difficult time, while Nikki's friends and family process the sad news.

“Rest in Peace, Nikki. We love you and not a day will go by without missing your smile. X X X.”

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